Actor Michelle Williams will play Janis Joplin in director Sean Durkin’s long-in-the-works biopic centering on the iconic 1960s’ rocker.
While talking about her new award season favourite Manchester by the Sea, the 36-year-old actor confirmed that she would headline the upcoming biopic, reported E! online.
“I figure there’s one good day in the life of an actor, which is when you get the job,” she responded when asked if the Janis biopic was happening.
“Before you get the job, you’re like, ‘Come on! I’m begging. I’m dying for this. I gotta have it! Please, I’ll do anything. I promise... Take me! Take me!’
“You get the job and you’re like, ‘I got it! I’m so excited! I can’t believe I have this opportunity. I can’t believe I’m going to get to do this,’ “ she added.
“And then you start worrying the next day. I’m in the worrying-the-next-day phase.”
Durkin is on board to direct the movie that will be adapted from Love, Janis, a book written by the late singer’s sister, Laura Joplin.
Based on letters Janis wrote to friends and family, it tells the rock icon’s rise to fame as well as her struggle with alcohol and drug addiction in the last six months of her life. Janis died in 1970 at the age of 27 from a heroin overdose.
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